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Beautiful sunset. Best regards Sabine

Fantastic photo, interesting galery!

Greetings Fiala

Merveilleuse France et bravo pour les chats.

Magnifique nature.C'est beau.

Bravo Lucaloco,belles photos.

Super photo, interesting galery!

Greetings Fiala

Beautiful view!

Greetings fiala

Thanks indeed, Maja, and my guests have all returned home so there is a little time to return to Pano. Thanks for your patience. First it delights me that we share some aesthetic tastes for I was drawn to this grove of bamboo.

As for Axl's impressive image of Chocolate Hills, this landscape appears to me to be sculpted from a bed of limestone of coraline origin. And it appears to have been uplifted rather slowly for its fractures (which are rectilinear and bound each conical hill) are rather uniform suggesting to me that whole bed has been under quite equal stress.

Without investigating the site, I suspect that the coral that formed the limestone contains a lot of sand or other marine detritus. If it was more pure limestone the hills would not be so conical but more vertical and more jagged on the surface.

So in summary I suspect that this is a bed of impure limestone or marine origin that has been slowly but uniformly uplifted, the rocks being dissolved, eroded revealing the pattern of rectilinear fractures. There is much karst (limestone) in the world and other examples of this type of landscape. There is karst over large areas of China, and the Stone Forest of Yunnan exceeds the fantasy of this landscape.

'Eua is also uplifted coraline limestone, but much more recently than the Chocolate Hills. It is still in tact but riddled with caves, sinkholes and dolines - an early phase of dissolution and erosion.

I hope that is not too technical, but clear.

~~~~Ian~~~~

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